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The Shed, A Whole New World of Music

Four programmes from the award-winning former BBC broadcaster Mark Coles who presents his pick of the best new music releases and demos from around the planet

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The Ring: Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold)

Erica Challis takes us through the story and music of the first of Wagner's epic four Ring Cycle operas. In Das Rheingold the theft of precious gold from three Rhine maidens launches us into a world of gods, heroes, dwarfs, giants, nature spirits and magic (RNZ).

From Appointment on 21 May 2015

Terence Dennis

As a pianist, Terence Dennis is widely regarded as New Zealand's finest accompanist for singers. This is attested to by the fact that artists of the highest standing like Kiri Te Kanawa and Bryn Terfel have chosen him to tour New Zealand and overseas with them. He talks to Tim Dodd about his career.

From Appointment on 17 May 2015

Oh! What a Lovely War

Elric Hooper and Des Wilson tell the story of Joan Littlewood's 1963 satirical stage show on the First World War (RNZ)

From Appointment on 10 May 2015

Raymond Boyce

Designer Raymond Boyce has made a huge contribution to ballet, opera, puppetry and straight drama since he first came to New Zealand in 1953. Peter Mechen talks to Raymond and others who've worked with him over six decades in the theatre.

From Appointment on 07 May 2015

Roger Lloyd

Since coming to New Zealand in 1993, Roger Lloyd has managed some of this country's finest musical institutions, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, the New Zealand String Quartet and the Adam Chamber Music Festival. This conversation with David Morriss takes us from his early clarinet-playing days, and years with the Ulster Orchestra, through to his current role as Chief Executive of Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand. (RNZ)

From Appointment on 03 May 2015

Sarah Castle

While home to star in NZ Opera's production of La Cenerentola, Sarah Castle talks with Kate Lineham about her musical life (RNZ)

From Appointment on 30 Apr 2015

Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)

Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look at the extraordinary background and life of the award-winning English actor and dramatist Peter Ustinov (RNZ)

From Appointment on 29 Apr 2015

Paul Wittgenstein

Elric Hooper and Des Wilson look into the life and times of the WWI veteran, one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein, remembered for the great works written for him by several major 20th century composers including RAVEL, PROKOFIEV and STRAUSS (RNZ)

From Appointment on 23 Apr 2015

Contrapuntal Mozart

Thomas Goss reveals that deep in the DNA of Mozart's greatest works is a sense of emotion and conflict that comes directly from J.S. Bach (RNZ).

From Appointment on 22 Apr 2015

War Records

Des Wilson looks at the British gramophone industry's contribution to the war effort 100 years ago (RNZ).

From Appointment on 19 Apr 2015

The Circumstances of Beethoven's Symphonies

Some believe that they were conceived as a set with an overarching grand schema, but Thomas Goss points out the often more expedient external factors that influenced Beethoven in composing his nine symphonies (RNZ).

From Appointment on 16 Apr 2015

Germans in Maoriland? (2) Classical Musicians

There were significant numbers of Germans working as musicians and living here in New Zealand during the 19th century until 1914. Samantha Owens introduces us to a handful of these German immigrants who were indeed contributing to this country's youthful classical music scene.

From Appointment on 15 Apr 2015

Michael Haas

Michael Haas, music producer, author and curator talks with Roger Smith (RNZ).

From Appointment on 09 Apr 2015

Germans in Maoriland? (1) The Jolly German Band

German bands hit the world in their thousands during the 19th century and, as if there was something in the water, they all seemed to come from the same small area in Germany. Although forgotten today, German bands were frequent visitors to New Zealand's shores too, from the 1850s right up until the outbreak of World War I. Musicologist Samantha Owens and Shelley Wilkinson introduce us to some of these touring visitors and follow them around New Zealand.

From Appointment on 08 Apr 2015

Stabat Mater

Brian Kay looks at the various ways composers have set the words of the Stabat Mater (RNZ)

From Appointment on 02 Apr 2015

Sara Brodie

Theatre, stage and opera director Sara Brodie talks with Christine Argyle.

From Appointment on 25 Mar 2015

A Child of Our Time - Part 1

Rachel Hyde and David Morriss explore the background to Michael Tippett's pre-war oratorio (RNZ)

From Appointment on 19 Mar 2015

A Child of Our Time - Part 2

Rachel Hyde and David Morriss explore the background to Michael Tippett's pre-war oratorio (RNZ)

From Appointment on 19 Mar 2015

A Child of Our Time - Part 3

Rachel Hyde and David Morriss explore the background to Michael Tippett's pre-war oratorio (RNZ)

From Appointment on 19 Mar 2015

Benjamin Northey

New Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra talks with David Morriss about music and life (RNZ)

From Appointment on 18 Mar 2015

Renata Scotto - A legend looks back, Part 2

Legendary Italian soprano looks back on her life, from her earliest memories as a young girl falling in love with opera, through her thriving career singing some of her most famously acclaimed roles, up to her present day triumphs directing opera productions and teaching young singers in her greatly sought-after master-classes (RNZ/WFMT).

From Appointment on 12 Mar 2015

Renata Scotto - A legend looks back, Part 1

Legendary Italian soprano looks back on her life, from her earliest memories as a young girl falling in love with opera, through her thriving career singing some of her most famously acclaimed roles, up to her present day triumphs directing opera productions and teaching young singers in her greatly sought-after master-classes (RNZ/WFMT).

From Appointment on 11 Mar 2015

Jeremy Woodside

Christchurch organist Jeremy Woodside is currently based at Wells Cathedral in the UK, & soon moves to a new appointment at Westminster Abbey. He talks with Margaret Ogilvie (RNZ).

From Appointment on 05 Mar 2015

Beethoven's Piano Concertos

As an introduction to the complete cycle pianist Freddy Kempf and the NZSO are playing around New Zealand, Indra Hughes presents an overview of Beethoven's five Piano Concertos.

From Appointment on 26 Feb 2015

John Amis Composer Portraits - Michael Tippett

Few British composers have responded as deeply to world events as Michael Tippett. His oratorio A Child of our Time, was an impassioned protest against the persecution and tyranny he saw happening throughout the world in 1939, at the onset of World War II. John Amis looks particularly at Tippett's music from 1939 up until the time he made this programme in 1981 (RNZ).

From Appointment on 14 Dec 2014

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Peter Walls takes us through JS Bach's 6-part masterpiece.

From Appointment on 11 Dec 2014

John Amis Composer Portraits - Benjamin Britten

In this personal portrait of Benjamin Britten, recorded in 1981, John Amis reflects on how different Britten's output might have been had he never met his lifelong partner, tenor Peter Pears, for whom he wrote many of his major works (RNZ).

From Appointment on 07 Dec 2014

The Lilburn Lecture 2014

Dr William Dart gives the 2014 Lilburn Lecture before an audience in Victoria University's Adam Concert Room. His subject, Signatures and Footprints.

From Appointment on 04 Dec 2014

John Amis Composer Portraits - William Walton

John Amis knew William Walton well and had interviewed him several times before this portrait, recorded in 1981. As a young man Walton was accepted into the home of the illustrious Sitwell family, leading to his famous collaboration with Edith Sitwell in Façade (RNZ).

From Appointment on 30 Nov 2014

John Amis Composer Portraits - Igor Stravinsky

Just over a hundred years ago Igor Stravinsky attended the premieres of his controversial ballets The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring when they were performed to Paris audiences. And a little over 50 years ago he came to New Zealand and conducted our National Orchestra in two memorable performances, including music from The Firebird. Stravinsky is the focus of this portrait by John Amis recorded in 1981 (RNZ).

From Appointment on 23 Nov 2014

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